Ex-servicemen laud solid stance of COAS on drone attack

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (PESA) on Monday lauded the firm stance of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on the US drone attack that killed Taliban leader Mulla Akhtar Mansoor.
US attack on Mulla Akhtar Mansoor was a well-orchestrated conspiracy against Pakistan which pushed away Taliban from talks, said a press release here.
This was observed in a meeting of Executive Council of PESA presided by its Senior Vice President, Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim.
The former military leaders said that US attack was aimed to damage the growing links between Pakistan and China and harm CPEC which has hit peace efforts as well as cooperation against terrorism.
Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari, Air Marshal (Retd) Masood Akhtar , Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Akbar, Brig (Retd) Mian Mahmud, Brig (Retd) Javed Akhtar Khan, Brig (Retd) Arbi Khan, Col Dalel Khan, Brig (Retd) Masud ul Hassan, Capt Akmal Shah (Navy), Capt (Retd) Nawaz Ali (Chief Organizer Sindh) Ch Zia Naseem Ghumman and others participated in the meeting.
The former military leaders said Pakistan continue to strive for better relations with US but it cannot compromise its relations with China to please any other power. Members stressed the need to develop relations with other nations of the region also, Russia and Iran in particular.

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